Monday, June 19, 2017

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum eNews for June 2017.


The following e-news announcements was prepared and edited by Tod Schimelpfenig, who is the curriculum director for NOLS Wilderness Medicine in Lander, WY.

Curriculum Content - Tincture of Benzoin

The standard wound care demonstration by NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructors has been to clean the wound, use steri-strips for temporary closure and a transparent dressing supplemented with generous application of Benzoin. This can generate a topical allergic response.


NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director, Tod Schimelpfenig, has noted enough of these reactions to announce that instructors should no longer demonstrate the use of benzoin under the transparent dressing. Benzoin will remain in the wound demo kit. It should be shown to students and taught with these curriculum points:

- Benzoin is used to augment tape and dressing adhesives in situations where the adhesive on a tape or dressing is not sticky, where motion (e.g. a dressing over an elbow) or where moisture (e.g. sweaty feet, wet environment) challenges the adhesive’s effectiveness.

- Some people have a topical allergic response to benzoin, or to any tape or dressing adhesive. Assess for this and if it develops, wash the benzoin and adhesive from the skin.

Continue with the standard wound cleaning, closure and dressing demo, without the application of benzoin.

Curriculum Style - Auto Injector Incident

On a recent course, an instructor handed students a set of EpiPen® auto-injector trainers with, “Don’t worry, no needles, no drugs, they’re all trainers.“  He had accumulated these over the years.  As he briefed the scenario a student presented with a confused and mildly anxious look on his face. He held up his “trainer” - a dripping needle protruding from the business end. He had injected himself with a live epinephrine auto-injector. 

The auto-injector expired November, 2007, and the epinephrine was “as amber as a tasty IPA.” Nearly 10 years beyond the expiration date it was still effective, albeit probably not quite as strong. The student is fine. There was mild pain at the injection site which resolved quickly. HR was 80 bpm soon after the injection, a little over 100 bpm during the scenario, and down to 60 bpm several hours later. He was mildly anxious.

The point isn’t that epinephrine is effective long after its expiration date, it is to remind all of us to be careful with needles. We have no idea how this live auto-injector ended up in this personal prop set. This live EpiPen® may have been in the set for a long time, yet never deployed. Take home point - We need to model checking and double checking any medication, real or prop, all the time.

Other stuff

In the current edition of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL) is a paper titled “Evidence-Based Review of Wilderness First Aid Practices.” This is a review of the medical evidence supporting WFA practices. The conclusions are not new; there is very little medical science supporting first aid practices. If you want to read the paper the reference is below. I also posted it on Rendezvous.

Schimelpfenig T, Johnson D, Lipman G, McEvoy D, Bennett B. Evidence-Based Review of Wilderness First Aid Practices. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. 2017, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 217–239

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Storm Gathering USA 2017 - Event Video


Storm Gathering USA 2017 - Event Video. 
Produced by Helen Wilson
Storm Gathering events are sea kayak symposiums designed for those wanting to take their skills to the next level. The UK SGS and the SGS USA events are presented by GreenlandorBust.org.

The symposium featured in this video took place in Trinidad, California from March 3 to 5, 2017. The next UK event takes place next March 2018 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The next USA event takes place March 8 to 10, 2019 in Trinidad, California.

Get in touch if you want more information about either event - info@greenlandorbust.org

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kokatat - Pure Gold



We are pleased to announce that Kokatat Watersports Wear will be the major presenting sponsor at Storm Gathering USA 2017.
Kokatat began making paddle sports apparel and gear in 1971 and has since gone on to be one of the most trusted brands of sea kayak clothing and equipment internationally. Today, more than 90% of Kokatat’s global sales are generated from apparel and accessories manufactured locally by locals in Arcata, CA.
Both Helen and Mark have been Kokatat Brand Ambassadors since 2008, and throughout all our teaching and travel adventures, we have found that Kokatat is the finest and most durable paddling apparel in the world.

Kokatat has also been supporting both UK Storm Gathering and Storm Gathering USA symposiums as far back as 2008, and we feel honored to be continually connected with this great Humboldt-based manufacturer.
This year, Kokatat will be opening up it’s factory to symposium participants, providing a unique insight into how it’s all done behind the scenes. 
Jeff Turner, Kokatat’s Sales/Marketing/Design Manager will speaking on the Saturday evening about the history of the company and it’s continued impact on the paddlesports community. 
Kokatat has also provide some major prizes for the event raffle including a Passage Anorak, a OuterCore Habanero Liner, a Poseidon PFD, a Tactic pack AND hydration reservoir, and Woolcore Long Sleeve Shirt.
So now is the time to get into the water with Storm Gathering USA 2017 and Kokatat this March in Trinidad, CA. See you soon Storm Paddlers!
Contact us directly if you still wish to attend the event.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Ben Lawry.


The rather bodacious Ben Lawry will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 this March.
Session 1: Storm Paddling Essentials (with Mark Tozer)

Session 3: Moderate Water Boat Handling (with Jeff Laxier)
Saturday Evening: Master of Ceremony
Session 4: Developing Boat Control

Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Sean Morley.


The rather astounding Sean Morley will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 this March.
Session 1: Long Boat Surfing – Full
Session 2: Fundamentals of Rock Gardening (with Paul Kuthe) – Full
Session 3: Rough Water Boat Handling
Session 4: Ocean Journey – Full
Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

Monday, February 13, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Bill Vonnegut.


The rather bodacious Bill Vonnegut will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 this March.
Session 1: Developing Boat Control
Session 2: Situational Rolling and Bracing (with Kelly Marie Henry)
Session 3: Intermediate Rock Gardening (with Paul Kuthe)
Session 4: Situational Rolling and Bracing
Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Qajaq Building With Maligiaq Padilla

Book Your Place On This Very Special Workshop by Saturday, February 18th!


If you're serious about taking part in this extraordinary class taught by Maligiaq Padilla please get in touch with True North Boats immediately. They need a firm commitment from all participants absolutely no later than Saturday, February 18th

*Payment arrangements are a possibility

*Affordable lodging for out-of-town students available.


In this intensive workshop you'll make your own tailor-fitted, high performance Greenland sea qajaq based upon the measurements of your body. Maligiaq Padilla learned his building techniques from Inuit elders in his home village of Sisimiut, Greenland and enjoys sharing this knowledge with others.

Qajaqs built by Padilla are housed at the Greenland Sisimiut Museum, the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, and the Kativik Cultural Center in Nome. He is the only person in history to win ten Greenland National Qajaq Championships.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to learn the ancient craft of Greenland qajaq building from one who has lived it fully. 

Class space is very limited, so we encourage you to contact True North Boats soon.

True North Boats (707) 834-3893

Mind's Eye Manufactory (707) 786-3393

393 Main Street, Ferndale, CA 95540


Friday, February 10, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Cate Hawthorne


The rather courageous Cate Hawthorne will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 

Session 1: Intermediate Rock Gardening
Session 2: White Water of the Sea (full-day class)
Session 3: White Water of the Sea (full-day class)
Session 4: Fundamentals of Rock Gardening

Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Jeff Laxier


The rather joyous Jeff Laxier will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017.

Session 1: Rough Water Boat Handling.
Session 2: Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing.
Session 3: Moderate Water Boat Handling (with Ben Lawry).
Session 4: Long Boat Surfing (with Paul Kuthe).
Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

Monday, February 06, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Roger Schumann.


The rather raucous Roger Schumann will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017.

Session 1: Unscrambling the Scramble
Sessions 2-3: Incident Management
Session 4: Unscrambling the Scramble

Sign up today while there are still spaces - SGS USA 2017 How To Register

Friday, February 03, 2017

Who's Teaching You? Don Cheyette.



The rather dynamic Donald Cheyette will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 this March.
Session 1: Moderate Water Boat Handling
Session 2 & 3: Fundamentals of Sea Kayak Leadership (full-day class)
Session 4: Coastal Journey (with Mark Tozer)
Sign up today while there are still spaces.
For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Who’s Teaching You? Paul Kuthe.



The rather pukka Paul Kuthe will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 this March.

Session 1: Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing
Session 2: Fundamentals of Rock Gardening (with Sean Morley)
Session 3: Intermediate Rock Gardening (with Bill Vonnegut)
Session 4: Long Boat Surfing (with Jeff Laxier)

Sign up today while there are still spaces.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Who's Teaching You? Kelly Marie Henry.


The rather splendid Kelly Marie Henry will be instructing these classes during Storm Gathering USA 2017 :-)
Session 1: Surf Zone Fundamentals
Session 2: Situational Rolling and Bracing (with Bill Vonnegut)
Session 3: Coastal Journey
Session 4: Rough Water Boat Handling
Sign up today while there are still spaces.
For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Friday, January 27, 2017

SGS USA Announcement - Class Timetable and Availability


Following are the class choices for each day at Storm Gathering USA 2017.
Friday Session Choices 1 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
All Levels - Developing Boat Control DBC1
All Levels - Greenland Strokes GS1
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Level 1 and 2 - Storm Paddling Essentials SPE
Level 1 and 2 - Surf Zone Fundamentals SZF
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Level 2 and 3 - Intermediate Rock Gardening IRG1
Level 2 and 3 - Unscrambling the Scramble UTS 1
Level 2 and 3 - Long Boat Surfing LBS1: FULL
Level 2 and 3 - Moderate Water Boat Handling MWBH 1
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Level 3 - Rough Water Boat Handling RWBH 1
Level 3 - Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing TLTL1


Saturday Session Choices 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
All Levels - Simplifying The Roll STR: FULL
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Level 1 & 2 - Fundamentals of Rock Gardening FRG 1: FULL
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Level 2 and 3 - Situational Rolling & Bracing SRB1
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Level 3 - Tricky Launch, Tricky Landing TLTL1
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Saturday Session Choices 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.
All Levels - Wild Harvesting WH: FULL
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Level 1 and 2 - Coastal Journey CJ1
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Level 2 and 3 - Intermediate Rock Gardening IRG2
Level 2 and 3 - Moderate Water Boat Handling MWBH 2
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Level 3 - Rough Water Boat Handling RWBH 2
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Saturday Session Choices All Day
Level 1 & 2 - Fundamentals of Sea Kayak Leadership FSKL
Level 2 & 3 - Incident Management IM
Level 2 & 3 - White Water of The Sea WWOTS

Sunday Session Choices 9.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.
All Levels - Developing Boat Control DBC1
All levels - Greenland Strokes GS2
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Level 1 & 2 - Fundamentals of Rock Gardening FRG 2
Level 1 & 2 - Coastal Journey CJ2
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Level 2 & 3 - Ocean Journey OCJ1: FULL
Level 2 & 3 - Unscrambling the Scramble UTS 2
Level 2 & 3 - Situational Rolling and Bracing SRB2: FULL
Level 2 & 3 - Long Boat Surfing LBS2
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Level 3 - Rough Water Boat Handling RWBH 3

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SGS USA Announcement - Non-Participant Meal Option

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Based on demand, we have introduced a new booking category: Non-Participant Meals / Social Activities Option.

If you have a family member or friend who wishes to be part of the event but not go on the water, this $75 option covers all meals and entry into social activities.

This option is available when registering for the event through Eventbrite.


For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Monday, January 23, 2017

SGS USA Announcement - Spread The Word

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Help us promote Storm Gathering USA 2017 🙂
1) Spread the word! Tell 10 other paddlers about the event that have not yet heard about it.
2) Share the word! Include the event in your club newsletter, blog post and tweet about it (@sgs_usa, #intothewater#stormpaddlers).
3) Post the word! Share a favorite memory on this page from past symposiums. Post photos or video and tag Storm Gathering USA.
4) Join the word! Make sure to follow Storm Gathering USA via social media including Twitter, Facebook and Google+
5) Calendar the word! Put Storm Gathering USA 2017 in your club and public calendars.
For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Welcome Onboard Fellow Storm Paddlers From Wales!



Today we would like to welcome onboard our fellow Storm Paddlers who will be joining us from Wales this March for Storm Gathering USA 2017 in Trinidad, California.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Welcome Onboard Fellow Storm Paddlers From Sweden!



Today we would like to welcome onboard our fellow Storm Paddlers who will be joining us from Sweden this March for Storm Gathering USA 2017 in Trinidad, California.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome Onboard Fellow Storm Paddlers From Canada!



Today we would like to welcome onboard our fellow Storm Paddlers who will be joining us from Canada this March for Storm Gathering USA 2017 in Trinidad, California.

For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Greenland Strokes – Instructor Specialty Class with Maligiaq Padilla.


Maligiaq Padilla doesn’t need much of an introduction in the traditional paddling world. His grandfather spent his days hunting seals, whales, birds and other animals from a kayak (qajaq in Greenlandic), and it was from him that Maligiaq was taught the hunting traditions of his ancestors. At the age of 12, Maligiaq built his first kayak and learned to hunt from it using a harpoon and a rifle. He has since built over 300 kayaks. Maligiaq first competed in the annual Greenland National Kayaking Championship when he was 12. He won every event in his age group, and at 16 became the youngest National Championship winner in history. He has now won a total of nine Championships. Over the years, Maligiaq has shared traditional paddling skills with paddlers all over the world, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of the event.

If you’re interested in Greenland paddling technique, this is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best. Spaces are VERY limited. Maligiaq will also be teaching a qajaq building class through Mind’s Eye Manufactory leading up to Storm Gathering USA. Click HERE for more information. Special thanks to Mind’s Eye Manufactory for supporting the event by bringing in such a wonderful keynote speaker and mentor.

Maligiaq's classes are scheduled to run on Friday (Session 1) and Sunday (Session 4).


A full listing of Storm Gathering USA 2017 classes can be found here.


For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Maligiaq Padilla - SGS USA Presenter / Coach



Coach / Presenter - Maligiaq Padilla

Maligiaq Padilla originates from Sisimiut, Greenland. His grandfather spent his days hunting seals, whales, birds and other animals from a kayak (qajaq in Greenlandic), and it was from him that Maligiaq was taught the hunting traditions of his ancestors. At the age of 12, Maligiaq built his first kayak and learned to hunt from it using a harpoon and a rifle. He has since built over 300 kayaks. These kayaks have been displayed in the Sisimiut Museum of Greenland, the Inuit Gallery of Vancouver and the Smithsonian Museum.

Maligiaq is world renowned for his strokes, rolling, kayak building and rope gymnastics skills. He has appeared in many films, including Rolling With Maligiaq,  Allunaariaqattaarneq and This is the Sea.

Maligiaq first competed in the annual Greenland National Kayaking Championship when he was 12. He won every event in his age group, and at 16 became the youngest National Championship winner in history. He has now won a total of nine Championships.

Maligiaq will be teaching a qajaq building class through Mind’s Eye Manufactory leading up to Storm Gathering USA 2017. Click HERE for more information. We’d like to thank Mind’s Eye Manufactory for supporting the event by bringing in such a wonderful keynote speaker and mentor.

We’re honored to have both Maligiaq and Mind’s Eye Manufactory as part of the event. Maligiaq will be Storm Gathering USA’s Friday evening keynote speaker, and will teach Greenland Strokes on the Friday and Sunday of the event. The Friday evening presentation is titled, “Indigenous water craft of the Arctic, and modern qayaq in Greenland.”


For more details about the event, visit the Storm Gathering USA website today!

To register, go to this page on the symposium website.

For more information, e-mail, info@greenlandorbust.org.